Bands/Musicians The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists  

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Motown sound artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good motown sound bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top motown sound bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Motown sound groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all motown sound bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest motown sound bands of all time, since the most famous motown sound artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best motown sound music.

You can click on the motown sound band names to see more information about that particular notable motown sound group. If they're near the top of the best motown sound artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top motown sound bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the motown sound band names themselves.

Examples of artists on this list include Michael Jackson and Bruce Willis. Vote for your favorite artists by clicking the thumbs up button. If you don't like Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder, then give them a thumbs down.

All important, significant and iconic names in motown sound music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new motown sound bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of motown sound, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into motown sound music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good motown sound bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent motown sound bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best motown sound bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest motown sound musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular motown sound bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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25 10
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Doo-wop, Motown Sound, Rock music

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21 8
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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28 13
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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11 2
Martha and the Vandellas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Tangy Tiger added Doo-wop, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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21 8
The Jackson 5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Bubblegum pop, Motown Sound, Disco

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11 1
The Temptations is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Tangy Tiger added Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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13 6
The Supremes & Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists

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8 3
Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Tangy Tiger added Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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7 3
Commodores is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Tangy Tiger added Disco, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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5 1
The Supremes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Girl group, Doo-wop, Psychedelic soul

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5 1
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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4 0
Dionne Warwick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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6 2
Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Tangy Tiger added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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4 1
Mary Wilson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added

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3 0
smokey robison and the mircles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added

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3 1
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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3 1
Brenda Holloway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Soul music

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3 1
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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2 0
The Pointer Sisters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Girl group, New Wave, Pop music

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3 2
The Marvelettes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music

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3 2
The Supreme Florence

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3 2
the chi lites is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added

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4 2
The Isley Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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2 1
Mary Wells is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues

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2 1
Tammi Terrell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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2 1
Jackie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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2 2
The Contours is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Rhythm and blues

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2 2
The Ronettes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Girl group, Pop music, Rock music

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2 2
Spice Girls is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Girl group, Rock music, Dance-pop

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1 1
Chaka Khan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Disco

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1 1
En Vogue is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Girl group, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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0 1
Lou Christie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
horseplayer added Pop music

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1 11
Thelma Houston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Motown Sound Bands/Artists
Urban contemporary, Motown Sound, Disco